Cornwall Badminton Restricted Championships, 29/30th September 2012
Singles finalists: left to right - Rose Willis, Jo Philp, James Whetter, Shane Maton
This weekend saw a feast of high quality badminton at Polkyth Leisure Centre, as Cornwall’s top players battled it out for this year’s County Championships. The large entry, with an excellent turn out of Cornwall Youth Badminton’s under 17 year old players, was up on last year, and shows the healthy current and future state of Cornish Badminton as the majority of the competitors were under 21.
Stars of the show were James Whetter and Jo Philp, who each won 3 titles over the weekend, in the mens and ladies singles and with their partners in the doubles. James won back the singles title which he last won 4 years ago, defeating the defending champion Shane Maton in two ends of fluent, attacking badminton. Number 1 seed Jo, took three closely fought ends to beat Rose Willis, who was bidding to take the singles crown for the first time, after both players had shown their class in cruising to the final.
Ladies doubles finalists
Sunday saw the mens and mixed doubles, and the large crowd were treated to some more exciting badminton – tournament secretary and county selector Lorna Riggs said “this year’s championships has been a brilliant standard with a bigger entry than last year, it’s great to see so many promising young players improving all the time”.
Mixed doubles finalists
The mixed doubles had 24 pairs battling it out for the coveted trophy. All the seeded pairs made it through to the semi finals, except Bob Bell and Lynda Beer who were beaten by Kelvin Edwards and Emily James in a skilful two-ender – they in turn were then beaten by Ross Lashbrook and Bronwen Wotton who met James and Jo in the final. Despite some amazing defensive play by Ross and Bron, James and Jo emerged victorious in two tight ends with more consistent court coverage and stunning net play.
Mens doubles finalists
The seeded mens pairs had to fight hard in 3 out of the 4 quarter final games which all went to the maximum 3 ends, except Shane Maton and Dave Harrington’s game which was a more comfortable 2 ender. Kelvin and Sam Spencer just edged out the veteran Bob Bell and Nick Phelps to set up a semi against Ross and Tom Lyle, who had only just beaten the Jasper brothers, Christian and Kris. In the end number 2 seeds Ross and Tom ran out comfortable winners to take on champions James and Guy once more in the final. This final game had the watchers entertained and enthralled, with spectacular dives, smashes and impossible retrieves on display - everything a top mens doubles should be. With Ross and Tom winning the first end easily, it seemed like an upset was on the cards, until James and Guy showed their experience to eventually just edge the match in a thrilling finale.
Mens singles - James Whetter bt Shane Maton 21-14 21-13
Ladies singles – Jo Philp bt Rose Willis 21-17 18-21 21-13
Ladies doubles – Jo Philp & Rose Willis bt Jan Santillo & Lynda Beer 21-18 21-14
Mixed doubles – James Whetter & Jo Philp bt Ross Lashbrook & Bron Wotton 22-20 21-15
Mens doubles – James Whetter & Guy Michell bt Ross Lashbrook & Tom Lyle 6-21 21-17 21-17
Plate Results: Winners
Mens singles – Christian Jasper
Ladies singles – Hester Luke
Ladies doubles – Hester & Daphne Luke
Mixed doubles – Tom Lyle & Lucinda Dennes
Mens doubles – Josh Pearce & Lee Bottrill